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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Some months ago I posted this necklace in the Unsolved Mysteries category, but didn't receive any responses.

    At first when we came across this necklace in my partner's deceased mother's "junk" jewelry box, we thought it was just costume jewelry. Just for grins, we took the necklace to a jewelry store and, to our surprise, the diamonds tested as authentic. Our next step was to have it appraised.

    This is what the appraiser had to say:

    Date of appraisal: October 24, 2009
    >> Ladies 9, gold, diamonds and enamel necklace
    >> Metal content: 36.2 grams total weight
    >> Setting technique: prong set and bead set
    >> Condition: good
    >> Manufacturing technique: fabricated
    >> Manufacturer: unknown
    >> The necklace is a fabricated Georgian style necklace with 23 separate
    >> parts, each separated from the next by a single knuckle hinge Each
    >> link is a geometric style motif with approximately 214 diamond bead
    >> and prong set through the piece (Rose cut natural diamonds, 2.1-7mm,
    >> I1-I2, I-J, approx 5.0 cts total weight). On each piece is a blue
    >> enamel bar. The entire piece is 18 inches total length with a
    >> fabricated chain. Unmarked tested 9k. See photo for design details.
    >> Estimated manufacture 1800 based on style and techniques of
    >> manufacture and materials used. Estimated to be made in England.

    Has anyone out there seen a picture of a similar necklace? Or, can anyone provide me any additional information about the necklace? I'm terribly curious about its history.

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    1. Agram.m Agram.m, 10 years ago
      What a wonderful bracelet. But please can you show some better pixs? And perhaps one made through a magnifier? Than we have a better look and perhaps a better judgement?
    2. Cynthadia, 10 years ago
      I had no idea that one could have jewelry photographed under a magnifier. The two pictures (front and back) of the necklace were taken by the appraiser. Where would I go to have another picture taken, but this time under a magnifier?


    3. davyd286, 10 years ago
      A good close up photo can be taken with pretty much any digital camera, just make sure you don't hold it in your hands but steady it on some sort of a stand (a stack of books, for example), and try photographing from several distances: 10', 30", 2 feet, etc. Seeing the photo of the back could help to get more info about the piece.
    4. Cynthadia, 10 years ago
      Hi everyone!

      I think I took some better pictures of the necklace. Since I can only post 4 at a time, I'll to the remaining ones in separate emails.

      Waiting eagerly for any info anyone can provide on this interesting necklace.

    5. Agram.m Agram.m, 10 years ago
      What a wonderfull surprise I am sure you have indeed a very precious necklace moreover the blue enamel is very loved by a lot of people included me and surely of this period! Congratulations and thanks to your mother in law.
    6. Cynthadia, 10 years ago
      Oh rats! I see now that I posted the 2nd and 3rd group of pictures in the "Fine Jewelry" section instead of "Show & Tell." Sorry, but I don't know how to most the posts.

    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 10 years ago
      Dear Cynthadia,

      If you ever decide to sell please let me know!
    8. TamaraB TamaraB, 9 years ago
      What a great surprise!

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